The building that houses Harold’s Chicken Shack, George’s Tavern, and the parking lot are all going to be razed very soon—within weeks—according to someone who I spoke with at Warehouse Liquors, for an unnamed future development—even though the vacant lot between Warehouse and Harold’s has remained vacant for so long because soil samples keep coming up nasty, and no one can build on that spot. So my guess it will remain vacant for some time.
For me, George’s will be a real loss. It’s one of the city’s last great dive bars: it’s in a parking garage, for pete’s sake. You can witness intriguing shenanigans there around 3am on Saturday night that will stay with you for a lifetime. While places like George’s don’t fit into the future of a yukked-up South Loop, it will be sad when it goes. Have a last drink there while you can, folks!
We can attest to the late night shenanigans at George's. Sad to see it go.
(Hat tip: JG & PA!)